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massacre

noun [C] uk   /ˈmæs.ə.kər/ us    /-kɚ/
C2 an act of killing a lot of people: He ordered the massacre of 2,000 women and children. informal a bad defeat, especially in sport: The changes to the team come after their 7–2 massacre in the final.

massacre

verb [T] uk   /ˈmæs.ə.kər/ us    /-kɚ/
to kill many people in a short period of time: Hundreds of civilians were massacred in the raid. informal to defeat an opponent very badly in a competition or election: England was massacred 5–0 by France in the semifinal.
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